RINGERS: Detention Halls: CD

Although I liked their first release enough, Detention Halls blows it out of the water. With a sound that’s both more indescribably Boston and more than a little Bent Outta Shape (who the Ringers played with a whole bunch before BOS called it quits), they’re sounding like a more confident version of what they were (and still very much are). With lyrics about looking for your own name in the obituaries and watching all the buses driving in the opposite direction you’re headed (a feeling I’m all too familiar with), it’s surprising how upbeat it leaves me feeling. Great album.

 –megan (1-2-3-4 Go!)